White Chicken Chili with Cream Cheese

White Chicken Chili with Cream Cheese is a hearty, delicious meal that will feed an army and satisfy them at the same time. It’s full of delicious flavors and extra creamy thanks to the cream cheese it’s made with.

small bowl of white chicken chili with parsley

We love making chili, especially during the winter months. From traditional beef chili to white chili, we’re all about that chili life. This one, in particular, has a special place in our hearts because it’s extra rich AND so easy to make.

small bowl of white chicken chili with a dutch oven full of the soup in the background

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It uses simple ingredients that you can find easily at the store.
  • It’s hearty, rich, and so full of flavor.
  • It’s the perfect way to warm up on a cold day.

🛒Ingredients

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You’ll find everything you need for this recipe easily at your grocery store. The main ingredients are listed here, but you’ll find the complete list of ingredients along with amounts in the recipe card at the end of the post.

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Onion
  • Garlic cloves
  • Great northern beans
  • Frozen corn
  • Chicken broth
  • Chopped green chiles
  • Cumin
  • Chili powder
  • Cream cheese, cubed
  • Heavy whipping cream

🔪 How to Make White Chicken Chili with Cream Cheese

Making this chili is incredibly easy. It only takes a few minutes and a few simple steps.

Step 1: Cube the Chicken

Cut the chicken into 1/2-inch chunks and set aside.

chicken and onions being browned in a dutch oven

Step 2: Cook the Chicken

Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large pot. Then, add the onions and saute for 2 minutes. Next, add the chicken and cook until no longer pink. Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute.

ingredients being stirred in a red dutch oven with a wooden spoon

Step 3: Add Beans, Seasonings, and Liquid

Add the great northern beans, frozen corn, chicken broth, green chiles, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Then, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.

Step 4: Add Cream Cheese and Heavy Whipping Cream

Add the cream chees and let it melt in the soup. Then, add the heavy whipping cream and stir well. Add additional salt and pepper to taste and adjust the chili thickness with more chicken broth if desired.

Step 5: Serve

Serve topped with shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped cilantro, crushed tortilla chips, or chopped jalapenos.

📝Variations

Do you want to change up this recipe and make it your own? Here are some ways that you can do that!

  • Keto – Omit the beans and corn for a keto-friendly white chili.
  • Chicken Breast – You can use chopped rotisserie chicken in place of the chicken breast.
  • Great Northern Beans – You can use pinto beans instead if you like.

If you love chicken chili and soups like this, then check out this easy lemon chicken orzo soup.

small bowl of white chicken chili with parsley

🥄 Equipment

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Large pot
  • Wooden spoon

🥫 Storage

Store this for up to 3 days in the refrigerator in an air-tight container. For longer storage, you can freeze it for up to 3 months in an air-tight container.

💭 Tips

  • We recommend having an extra can of chicken broth on hand so you can thin out the chili if needed.
  • Be sure that you don’t cook the added garlic for longer than a minute. If the garlic browns it will become bitter.
  • If you opt to use rotisserie chicken, add it at the very end so it warms through rather than cooking even more.

⁉️ FAQ

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

What is the difference between white chili and regular chili?

Regular chili has a base of red chiles or chili powder and tomatoes. White chili, on the other hand usually has a base of broth mixed with cream and uses green chiles.

Is white chili healthy?

It can be, depending on how it’s made. If the creamy texture is achieved with Greek yogurt or another such option rather than sour cream, it can be a very healthy dish.

Where did white chili originate?

No one knows exactly who first made it, but the general consensus is that it was first made sometime in the late 1980s in the southwest USA.

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🧾Recipe Card

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White Chicken Chili with Cream Cheese

This White Chicken Chili with cream cheese is creamy, hearty and the perfect way to warm up on a chilly day.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 417kcal

Equipment

  • knife and cutting board
  • dutch oven or large pot

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion peeled and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled and minced
  • 14.5 ounce great northern beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn optional
  • 14.5 ounces chicken broth chicken broth
  • 4 ounces green chilies
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon white or black pepper
  • 8 ounces cream cheese cubed
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • Topping of choice shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped cilantro, crush corn tortilla chips, chopped jalapenos, etc.

Instructions

  • Cut the chicken into 1/2-inch chunks; set aside.
  • Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large pot, then add the onions and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the chicken and cook until no longer pink. Add the minced garlic and cook altogether for 1 minute.
  • To the large pot, add the great northern beans, frozen corn, chicken broth, green chiles, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Stir well, then bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered for 30 minutes. Add additional chicken broth if needed.
  • Add the cream cheese and allow to melt in the soup. Add the heavy whipping cream; stir well. If desired, add additional salt to taste or chicken broth to adjust consistency.
  • Serve hot with topping of your choice.

Notes

  • This chili could be made more keto/low carb friendly by leaving out the beans and corn.
  • The recipe calls for 2 cans of chicken broth, but I do recommend readers have an extra can on hand. This way, they can adjust the thickness of the chili to their preference.
Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and proportion sizes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 417kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 759mg | Potassium: 760mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1033IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 2mg

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